Local volunteers honoured
FOR one volunteer, giving back to the people who gave to the community in their time of need was the least she could do.
Val Harm thought to herself, whenever there is a disaster, someone has to take over.
Now she has helped the people who were community heroes.
“You see all these homes still gutted and you think to yourself, you need to do something to help,” she said.
“Some people worked 14 hours and people won't fully appreciate what they did unless they worked with them.”
So Val started gathering support from local businesses to help donate to the volunteers like Derek and Chris Pingel, Marty and Janelle Warburton and Christine Lack and give them a night off to reward them for their hard work during the flood recovery effort.
“There were tears shed at times and some of them were stuck on their roof in Grantham during the flood,” Ms Harm said.
“We had to give them a night out so we found a suitable venue at the Royal Hotel and manager Katrina Webb was more than happy to help.”
She said the guests all had a great time at dinner and Janelle also celebrated her birthday.
“I would like to thank all the businesses for helping organise and donate the items,” Ms Harm said.
“I won't name them all because you know who you are.”
CHRIS PINGEL IS presented with flowers by Val Harm.